Valve Takes an Interest in the Wii U

Gabe Newell: "We've always loved Nintendo."

Speaking with Joystiq yesterday at New York’s Games for Change Festival, Gabe Newell opened up the possibility of Valve titles finding their way onto Nintendo’s next console.  Never before have any of the legendary studio’s products made their way over to a Nintendo console; nevertheless, Newell says that the company has “always loved Nintendo.”

Because of The Big N’s refocusing on high-end power and HD resolutions, the Valve boss heavily implied — but in no way officially confirmed — that the Wii U could be the next console that the developer expands to.  Again, the reasoning lies in the fact that, in Gabe’s own words, “Wii U seems to be a lot more powerful than the previous generation… it sort of fits better into the scalability in terms of graphics performance and CPU performance, so I think it’ll be a lot easier for us to fit it into our scalability model.”  And we here at MTB know how much you guys love a good scalability model.

He also touched on the subject of the once PC-only studio shifting gears towards the console side of the biz over the past few years.  “Now it’s a lot easier to look at Wii U and have it fit within that framework.”  Valve’s outstanding game design combined with Nintendo’s wildly unique console schemes — a match made in heaven?  Let’s hope the answer is a resounding yes.

[Source: Joystiq]

Nick Santangelo
Nick Santangelo
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